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Water Safety

We are committed to reducing the number of people who drown in the tidal Thames, either accidentally or through suicide.

As a founder member of the Tidal Thames Water Safety Forum, we work alongside HM Coastguard, RNLI, London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police (Marine Policing Unit) and London Ambulance Service.

Together we are working to make the river a safe place for all users, including dog walkers and joggers on the foreshore, who may become stranded due to the river’s fast moving tides, and people visiting riverside pubs and restaurants.
Living, working or enjoying the view – more and more people are drawn to the tidal River Thames and its banks every year. Are you new to the waterside or visiting the river for the first time? Or a resident of many years and a seasoned river user? Whoever you are, we urge you to read this guidance on how to enjoy the river safely and #RespectTheWater.
The Drowning Prevention Strategy for the tidal Thames sets out practical steps to be taken to improve waterside safety for people close to the river.

It includes a call for people from all walks of life to play their part in saving lives, by following safety advice and having the confidence to intervene when they spot someone in crisis, or on the verge of self-harm along the capital’s river.
September 2020

Guidance for development alongside and on the tidal River Thames

Building the right safety infrastructure can reduce the pressure on the emergency services and ultimately save lives.
Simply talking can be a lifeline for people.
Our new film, produced to mark #TimetoTalkDay, aims to get the nation discussing mental health, particularly in the ongoing pandemic.

Made in partnership with other members of the Tidal Thames Water Safety Forum (RNLI, Metropolitan Police Service, London Fire Brigade, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Transport for London and the City of London), along with Maritime UK, the video is hosted by star of stage and screen, Gary Wilmot MBE.


Where to find advice and guidance.
More than 12 people a week take their own life in London. Would you know what to say?
Did you know a little small talk can be all it takes to interrupt someone's suicidal thoughts?
Advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
We are supportive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s plan to implement measures to make older domestic passenger vessels safer.

The attached briefing highlights why the proposed changes are necessary.


Together, the Tidal Thames Water Safety Forum members are working to make the River Thames a safer place for the entire community.
The statutory harbour authority for the tidal Thames; a public trust, established to administer, preserve and improve the Port of London.
A charity that saves lives at sea, whose operation extends to the tidal reaches of the Thames, with stations providing cover as far upriver as Teddington.
The London Metropolitan Police Service's 24/7 frontline marine policing response unit, based on the river at Wapping.
Has a waterborne response capability, as well as an extensive community outreach programme, part of which focuses on water safety on the tidal River Thames.
Her Majesty’s Coastguard is the part of the MCA responsible for national maritime search and rescue; on the Thames this is coordinated by London Coastguard.
The NHS trust covering an area of 620 square miles. Its Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) provide paramedic care in environments beyond the capability of standard units.
The governing body of the Square Mile, which also acts as the Port Health Authority for the tidal River Thames.
Responsible for policing the Square Mile, which includes Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Millennium Bridge and Southwark Bridge.
LRS is responsible for the safety of all users of TfL-owned passenger piers, and for licensing charter and scheduled services operators within the TfL network.